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    Looking for suggestions on tires for my '76. I have Panasport 15" wheels, and the tires on them are currently 215 60R15s, with a 93H speed/load rating. I found this set of Sumitomos on TireRack that look decent - any thoughts on those, or another brand I should look at?

    https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...RatingsReviews

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    Originally posted by rswafford View Post
    Looking for suggestions on tires for my '76. I have Panasport 15" wheels, and the tires on them are currently 215 60R15s, with a 93H speed/load rating. I found this set of Sumitomos on TireRack that look decent - any thoughts on those, or another brand I should look at?

    https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...RatingsReviews
    I can't comment on the SUMITOMO tires, but can say that the 60R part of this will cause speedometer error due to their short sidewall. If that's important to you. Overall tire height - 215 x.60 = 25.1" v. 205-70-15= 26.3" for the typical tire size and height. Approx. 5%

    Dick

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    • #3
      I went with Falken Ziex Ze612, 205/65/15 on Panasport wheels and very happy with them. And yes there will be a speedometer error. Mine is about 6 mph.

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      • #4
        Because popular opinion says to get rid of tires after a certain period of time, even though there's plenty of tread left, I chose inexpensive tires last time I bought new rubber. 195/65/15 Champiro.
        Lord know where they were made, but have held up well over the last 6 or 7 years.
        Tired of speedometer error, I had it calibrated for the size tires I've been running since the switch from 70 series.
        CF1634U+O Pimento/Chestnut
        2nd owner, since 1975
        Now in Fair Oaks, CA

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        • #5
          Well what kind of grip are you after? I had a set of Pirelli's years ago that I really liked, but lasted almost 4 years. Most passenger tires have a harder tread. I'm starting to look too as the current tires (Yoko Avid's) are at 7 yo. They've been good but not great and still have tread.

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          • #6
            That same tire is available in a 215/65/15. Rolling diameter of 26".
            Last edited by JonesZ; 10-04-2019, 11:11 PM.

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            • #7
              I've been quite happy with Uniroyal Tigerpaws on my TR6 twice, and the 944 twice. My FIL also goes with them on his TR.

              I will say I downsized to the 195s this last set and found easier steering to be a bonus. However, running the engine faster wasn't worth the ease of steering at parking lot speeds. Now if I had OD, that might make up for higher rpms at road speed.

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              • #8
                Thanks for the input. As far as grip, I would like it to be something able to be pushed harder through windy roads but still be comfortable on the highway. Main thing is I love the gold wheels so I'm not looking to change that. I also like the wider tire look. I drove the car on these tires last time it was on the road and handling was just fine so I'm not concerned about steering issues.

                I'll check out the Tigerpaw as well and see. One plus on these old cars with smaller wheels is tires are much cheaper than my daily driver!

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                • #9
                  Ive heard favorable feedback on Yokohama’s
                  '74 TR6 CF13007U aka "Mr. T"
                  Custom Blue (Delft-Like) and New Tan (Formerly Mallard and New Tan)
                  Points, Ballast Bypassed, Bosch Blue Coil, Moss Cobalt Wires, Champion RN12YC plugs.
                  Peaks and tweaks, but the spirit of Original
                  Redlines always.
                  My wife is the Driver, I'm just the Mechanic....

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by rswafford View Post
                    I'll check out the Tigerpaw as well and see. One plus on these old cars with smaller wheels is tires are much cheaper than my daily driver!
                    I'll see if I have the previous size tires documented. I think 205-70/15. There was a slight rub at lock, but only if I aggressively moved the car at full lock and braked hard.

                    The 195 "experiment" happened while I was looking for a narrower tire with a taller sidewall. Never send your wife tire-shopping while running width to sidewall calculations by phone! And no, I wasn't about to lose my shirt by selling the wrong tires back after paying to have them mounted.

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                    • #11
                      I’ve been happy with the 205/70-15 Yoko Avids I got s couple of years ago, no fit problems on stock rims.
                      Bill Connell
                      1969 TR6 CC28790
                      TR6 project log
                      St. Paul MN

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                      • #12
                        Any thoughts on the Michelin Defenders?
                        New to the British auto world.
                        No qualifications - old school shadetree mechanic...just enough knowledge to be dangerous!
                        1973 TR6, ZS carbs, Pertronix ignition (for now)
                        1973 Ford Bronco, 302 V8
                        1952 Ford 8N tractor
                        ...they keep me busy!

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                        • #13
                          Have them
                          Love them and look good

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                          • #14
                            I got 205 70R15 Michelin Defenders from Diamondback Tires. Been very happy with them and I also like the look of a wider tire on our cars. Click image for larger version

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                            • #15
                              Any thoughts/wisdom on tire speed ratings for our cars? Current set is H rated - 130 MPH - but most of what I'm finding in the appropriate sizes, at least through TireRack and other online sources, are all T rated - 118 MPH. Any reason for or against going with a T-rated tire versus sticking with what I've got?

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